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PHOTO OF THE DAY: SHROUDED IN FOG

Heavy fog clung to the air Sunday morning following an on-again, off-again snow on Saturday. While it only amounted to a few inches, it successfully gave the landscape a fresh coat of white, reminding us that we remain in the doldrums of winter.

LATEST FROM SD NEWS WATCH: ON VACCINES

Bart Pfankuch - South Dakota News Watch

South Dakota health officials and medical providers have been near the top of the nation in administering COVID-19 vaccines as they become available, but a significant new challenge awaits as the state moves into a much larger, more difficult-to-define population of people who may qualify for a shot.<

PLAYWRIGHTS

JEREMY WALTNER  - PUBLISHER

“The question is not, ‘What should be happening in my life?’ but, ‘What is happening in my life?’ The present moment, the present set of circumstances, the present relationships in our lives — this is where God meets us and gives us life.”

A WORD ABOUT SCHMECKFEST ...

As was the case last spring, Schmeckfest as it has been traditionally held since it debuted in 1959 will not take place in 2021 because of ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. That includes the demonstrations, traditional meal and stage production of “Matilda The Musical” as a carryover from 2020 if circumstances had allowed.

ADULT SUPERVISION WAVED FOR USE OF GYM

JEREMY WALTNER  - PUBLISHER

The Freeman School Board last week reversed a long-standing policy that states that students who use the district gym must be accompanied by an adult. Meeting in regular session Monday night, Jan. 11, the board voted 5-0 to allow students in grades 7-12 to use the elementary gymnasium without supervision, with access to the facility via the district-issued student badge through the north door.

COUNCIL TAKING CLOSER LOOK AT MAIN STREET

JEREMY WALTNER  - PUBLISHER

A serious discussion about possibly rebuilding Main Street has returned to the Freeman City Council’s table.

FREEMAN PUBLIC ADVANCES THE CONVERSATION

JEREMY WALTNER  - PUBLISHER

The Freeman Public School Board wants more information about what consolidation with Marion would mean for the local district — particularly as it relates to finances — and also agreed to an informal conversation about what a sports cooperative would look like, not only with Marion, but also Freeman Academy.

No action was taken on either matter, but the board agreed to take a closer look at all options during its regular monthly meeting Monday night, Jan. 11.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s on the table.

FRHS, SALEM HOME ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR NEW JOINT CAMPUS

Freeman Regional Health Services (FRHS) and Salem Mennonite Home (SMH) have entered into a cooperative arrangement to plan for the construction and development of new healthcare facilities in Freeman, SD. Both FRHS and SMH provide affiliated senior care services. SMH delivers assisted living care and independent living. FRHS serves individuals who require skilled nursing, long-term care and congregate independent living.

HOLIDAYS AT HOME PART 3

This is Part 3 of a 3-Part series about the medical journey of one rural Freeman family. Click on the links below to read the first two parts.

CLICK HERE FOR PART 1

CLICK HERE FOR PART 2

 

PART 3

I, Sonja, am writing a summary of your accident so that you know why you are at Madonna and QLI, and why you have to work so hard before coming back home.”

MARION PARTNERSHIP ON THE TABLE

All five board members who represent the Freeman School District, along with Superintendent Kevin Kunz, spoke in favor of at least continuing the conversation about a possible partnership with Marion in terms of both sports cooperation and, later, consolidation.